Update, October 8, 2020 (01:45 PM ET): Roughly two weeks ago, the official Nokia Mobile Twitter account announced the Android 11 update schedule. However, shortly after the tweet went live, the company deleted it. That left the question of whether the information was incorrect or if HMD Global simply accidentally tweeted it too early.
It looks like the latter is the case, as HMD told Android Authority today its update timeline for various Nokia handsets. The timeline matches the information in the original article below, complete with the same infographic. As such, continue reading to find out when your Nokia-branded phone will get Android 11.
Original article, September 28, 2020 (01:30 PM ET): You may have to be patient before your Nokia phone gets its Android 11 update. NeoWin reports that HMD Global briefly posted its Android 11 roadmap for Nokia phones, and it’s bad news for some owners if it holds.
The schedule suggests the Nokia 2.2, 5.3, 8.1, and 8.3 5G will get the Android 11 update first, in the fourth quarter of 2020. Most of the eligible phones would get their upgrades in the first quarter of 2021, including the Nokia 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 4.2, 6.2, and 7.2. That’s relatively late, but not unheard of.
However, you’ll have to be particularly patient with two stand-out phones. According to the news, the no-frills Nokia 1 Plus and the camera-centric Nokia 9 Pureview won’t get their upgrades until the second quarter of 2021 — half a year after Android 11 first reached devices. This wouldn’t be completely surprising given the comparative age of the devices, but might be frustrating when Google’s latest OS will have been on Pixel phones for several months by that point.
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The roadmap is in line with the age of the phones, some of which (such as the 2018-era Nokia 8.1) would be two or more years old by the time Android 11 is available. It would cut off a wave of handsets, including the inaugural Nokia 1 and the premium Nokia 8 Sirocco.
Don’t be shocked if the timing changes. It’s not certain why HMD Global deleted its roadmap post, and there might be tweaks to the schedule. If it’s reasonably accurate, though, it will take a while before every qualifying phone is using the newest software.